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Pinafores, Patent T-bars & Crisp White Shirts;Hello from NYC! When this is published i'll probably be wandering around the Big Apple, eating too many burgers, fries & shakes, and melting onto my tourist guide and camera. Hope you're all having a lovely week, and expect some NYC posts soon!Autumn is my favourite season, by far. I love everything about it, with the evenings drawing in, crisp mornings with a chill in the air, walks among the woods with golden hues, and of course, the clothes. As much as i'm not quite ready to go back to University just yet, i've found myself already yearning for Back to School (or University) pieces. Every autumn I swear it's the same, i'm drawn to school-like pinafore dresses, with patent shoes and satchels. I wish I could go back to school sometimes just to wear my secondary school uniform of pleated skirts, collared shirts and woollen jumpers (even if a little bland and itchy). Another thing that excites me about going back to University is the fact that new stationary is a must, every year I always have to have a new pencil case, pens, diaries, notebooks, the list goes on. I'm planning on dedicating a whole post to my stationery wish-list when i'm back from NYC (organised - yes, lame - maybe).1 I cannot put into words how much I love, love, love this dress! I like the fact that the pattern is crochet as opposed to lace, which, for some reason, seems more autumnal to me (anyone else agree?) I can just imagine this with think tights, patent shoes and a little red bow in my hair. This may have to be my first purchase with my student loan this September!2 You can ask any of my friends/family and they will tell you that I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with coats. Every year I can't not buy at least one, and in my second year house at Uni I had a wardrobe dedicated to coats only! I love the fit of this one, it reminds me of something worn in the 50's and 60's, and I love the collar too. It would also go with so many of my clothes!3 I have quite a few white collared blouses and shirts, so this one with it's pretty lace detailing and almost Victorian-era styling would be a more feminine top to wear with skirts, pinafore dresses and trousers. I recently saw this blouse on the lovely Olivia Purvis, and it has such a lovely shape!4 I've had my satchel for a couple of years now, and I think it's safe to say that the end may be near. The lock no longer works, and it's a tad on the small side, especially as I now lug my camera everywhere with me. I love the colour of this satchel, pastel/minty green being one of my favourite this summer, and it also would go nicely with grey's and brown's of autumn. It's also big enough to hold all of my dissertation books and folders! Burgundy/wine-red is one of my favourite colours, especially in the autumn and winter as it goes with absolutely everything and reminds me of autumn leaves and toffee apples (strange I know). Topshop sold a similar pair of patent t-bar flats last year and I couldn't justify buying them, but I think I prefer these ones and in this colour they're a little bit different! I've seen them in store in black too, and they look so pretty in real life. I would probably wear them with thick tights, or grey ribbed over the knee socks and dresses. 6 Last but not least, I really love the pattern of this dress, even though it is not something that I would usually be drawn too. I saw it on one of the mannequins in store with a long-sleeved blouse underneath, and it reminded me of something Alexa Chung would wear, or the girls at a private boarding school, ha!P.S. Apologies for everything piece being from Topshop, I went into their Lakeside store recently and I was in heaven. I haven't been too keen on many clothes on the high street recently, but somehow Topshop always seems to just be the shop for me! And it certainly hasn't failed with their autumn-ware. Hope you're all having a lovely week, and i'll be back from NY soon with many photo's and anecdotes to tell,Love, Charlestown xoxo.                                VOTE FOR CHARLESTOWN VINTAGE FOR COSMO'S NEXT NEWCOMER AWARD?



22 comments

  1. I'm an Autumn baby born in October and the anticipation of Autumn each year is brilliant, I always feel most energised and inspired then :-)

    The shoes are surely must-buy. Simply gorgeous!

    Jem xXx

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  2. Aw this items are all so you! I love the blouse and yes the crochet dress is a little different and quite autumn-y. I considered the flats last year too but worried they were a little too "little girl", but they could work I'm sure!xx

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  3. The shoes are so pretty, they're perfect for autumn. Hope you're enjoying NYC! x

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  4. Aah I was eyeing that coat in Topshop today, it's so gorgeous. I'm the same with coats and jackets - can't get enough! x

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  5. I love that satchel! xx

    www.satinandsouffles.com
    www.satinandsouffles.com

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  6. 'Back to school' and 'back to uni' has ALWAYS been my main justification for shopping hahaha! I can literally justify any purchase to myself in the months August - September because I just say 'oooh but I'll wear it so much at uni..' hahaha so tragic! x

    www.arabellag.com

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  7. This is such a gorgeous compilation, love all the autumnal colours! It makes me so sad not to have any reason to go stationary/back to school shopping in September for the first time in years, I'm such a stationary fiend! x

    capturingcastles.blogspot.com

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  8. I love the crochet dress and the shoes, great picks :) Hope your having an amazing time in NYC :)

    Jo. x

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  9. ME WANT those shoes please!

    lots of love,

    lily from red brick lipstick

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  10. So in LOVE with that blouse, might have to make it a cheeky purchase! Enjoy NYC you lucky girl :) xx

    http://hellotashaa.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. I love t-bar shoes! I got a brown leather pair this year and they are so perfectly autumn schoolgirly. It's fascinating how the seasons affect not only what type of clothes you wear but the colours too! Im all about bright colours in summer then go for the browns, reds and mustards in autumn. Once winter comes around i go for black, grey and navy with bits of bright colour thrown in, ready to take me back into full colour for spring! Every year!

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  12. 2 and 5 would be so cute together! :)
    x

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  13. Hi Charlie,

    The crochet dress looks lovely! Hope you're having an amazing time in New York, eating lots of yummy food. Looking forward to reading about your adventures :)

    Love Joyce

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  14. I'm oh-so jealous that you're in New York, I hope you're having a splendid time! This is such a lovely selection of clothes, I love the blouse and coat. I really needa new coat! And those t-bar shoes are adorable.

    x

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  15. I love everything here! I've been eyeing up that bag for my second year of sixth form, it's so gorgeous! xxx

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  16. Hope you're having an amazing time in New York, couldn't be any more jealous! I absolutely love the last dress, it's so pretty

    Julia xx

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  17. In love with all those items! Defo autum wants!

    Natalie,
    http://insidethesecretcloset.blogspot.com
    Xx

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  18. Ahhh the new stationary/clothes for uni - I'm going to miss that as I graduate in two weeks! I've been eying up that Victorian style blouse myself I must say, like you said the shape looks beautiful!

    Hope you're having fun in New York too, looking forward to the related posts!

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  19. I love the last dress but was put off because of the lack of a back - but what a good idea to wear a blouse underneath! I would welcome a stationary post - love the stuff :) x

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  20. the last dress is my fave! i love fall too although i actually am a little sad for summer to be over now that i have moved

    -Jessica
    http://www.jumpintopuddles.com

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  21. i loveeee that first dress and the burgundy patent mary janes, they are so sweet! and the last dress is wonderful, the colours remind me of ice cream and the brown triangles look like ice cream cones! hope you're having a great time in NY!

    littlehenrylee

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  22. Oooh the bag is lovely! my favorite colour.

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